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  • Paul G. Harnik

    Assistant Professor of Geosciences
    717-358-5946
    Office: Hackman P126
    Office Hours: Spring 2014: Mon 3-5pm, Wed 9-11am, or by appointment

    Professional Biography

    Professor Harnik is a paleontologist interested in the origin and maintenance of biodiversity in the world's oceans. Harnik received his Ph.D. from the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago, after which he conducted postdoctoral research at Stanford University and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center at Duke University. His scholarship has concentrated on the biotic and abiotic drivers of extinction and speciation over geologic time, in particular the evolutionary consequences of rarity. His current research focuses on using paleontological models to predict the response of modern marine ecosystems to current and future environmental change and integrating fossil and molecular data in macroevolutionary analyses.

    His full CV can be viewed here.

    Education

    B.A., Geology, Oberlin College

    Ph.D., Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago

    Postdoctoral research, Geological & Environmental Sciences, Stanford University

    Postdoctoral reserach, The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center

    Research Interests

    Conservation Paleobiology
    Extinction
    Biodiversity
    Macroevolution
    Paleoecology

    Publications

    Harnik, P.G., C. Simpson, and J.L. Payne. 2012. Long-term differences in extinction risk among the seven forms of rarity. Proceedings of the Royal Society B - Biological Sciences 279:4969-4976. link

    Harnik, P.G., H.K. Lotze, S.C. Anderson, Z.V. Finkel, S. Finnegan, D.R. Lindberg, L.H. Liow, R. Lockwood, C.R. McClain, J.L. McGuire, A. O'Dea, J.M. Pandolfi, C. Simpson, and D.P. Tittensor. 2012. Extinctions in ancient and modern seas. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 27:608-617. link

    Harnik, P.G. 2011. Direct and indirect effects of biological factors on extinction risk in fossil bivalves. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 108:13594-13599. link

    Harnik, P.G., and R. Lockwood. 2011. Part N, Revised, Volume 1, Chapter 24: Extinction in the marine Bivalvia. Treatise Online 29:1-24 (an online journal presenting chapters of upcoming volumes of the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology). PDF

    Harnik, P.G., D. Jablonski, A.Z. Krug, and J.W. Valentine. 2010. Genus age, provincial area and the taxonomic structure of marine faunas. Proceedings of the Royal Society B - Biological Sciences 277:3427-3435. link

    Harnik, P.G. 2009. Unveiling rare diversity by integrating museum, literature, and field data. Paleobiology 35(2): 190-208. link

    Simpson, C., and P.G. Harnik. 2009. Assessing the role of abundance in marine bivalve extinction over the post-Paleozoic. Paleobiology 35(4):631-647. link

    Harnik, P.G., and R.M. Ross. 2004. Models of inquiry-based science outreach to urban schools. Journal of Geoscience Education 52(5): 420-428. link

    Harnik, P.G., and R.M. Ross. 2003. Developing effective K-16 geoscience research partnerships. Journal of Geoscience Education 51(1): 5-8. link

    Harnik, P.G., and R.M. Ross. 2003. Assessing data accuracy when involving students in authentic paleontological research. Journal of Geoscience Education 51(1): 76-84. link

    Ross, R.M., Harnik, P.G., Allmon, W.D., Sherpa, J.M., Goldman, A.M., Nester, P.L., and J.J. Chiment. 2003. The Mastodon Matrix Project as an experiment with large-scale collaboration in paleontological research. Journal of Geoscience Education 51(1): 39-47. link

    Simonson, B.M., and P.G. Harnik. 2000. Have distal impact ejecta changed through geologic time? Geology 28(11): 975-978. link

    Course Information

    ENV/GEO 114 - Earth, Environment and Humanity


    GEO 221 - History of the Earth

    BIO/GEO 275 - Conservation Paleobiology